Every year we have the opportunity to reflect deeply on the closing year and plan for the New Year. It is like a renewal of life, part of the cyclical changes in our natural world.
For those in the Northern Hemisphere it comes in the darkest of the seasons, and for those below the equator the time is lightest and brightest. Either way, it is a change and signal to look within and perhaps rearrange priorities.
All over the globe New Year's celebrations take place. People everywhere literally feel the change in the air. And if you go deep into your spiritual self you'll probably be aware of the uplifting excitement New Year's carries.
This is a meditation to use in the New Year or any time you have a change about to happen.
To begin: Go to your favorite quiet meditation spot. If this is at a meditation altar light a new white candle to symbolize the beginning of the year to come. If you like, burn some incense. A plant or flowers are a nice addition to your altar.
Sit on your cushion on the floor with your back straight but not rigid. Balance your weight front to back and side to side so you feel steady. Fold your legs in and clasp your hands in your lap or rest them palms up or palms down on your thighs.
Alternately, sit on a chair and keep your back straight, soles of feet planted firmly on the floor. Clasp your hands in your lap or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs.
Close your eyes and begin breathing evenly such as: breathe in one count; breathe out one count; breathe in one count; continue in this even regular pattern for at least one minute. Let go of thinking of the numbers, but keep up the rhythmic pattern for the duration of the meditation.
Breath is a tie between the body and mind. Even, regular breathing calms the mind and relaxes the body, allowing us time to concentrate on the topic for this meditation, or to listen to the peaceful vibration centered under the crown of your head. Various religious faiths refer to this experience as the Holy Spirit, the Holy Comforter, Aum, Om, Holy Naam, the Amen. Different names, same experience.
Take at least five minutes to reflect on the benefits of transition, how change will impact your life in the coming year. Follow this by an appreciation for at least one person in your life. Then send thoughts of appreciation and care outward to the entire creation.
Finish your meditation with a few moments of silence. Take a deep breath, stand and stretch and go on with your day. If you keep a meditation journal, now is the time to record new insights or ideas.
Meditation by Susan Helene Kramer
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